State grant to provide armor for local cops

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By The Staff

The city of Owenton has been awarded $1,840 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase body armor, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday.

Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.

In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police, KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons. KSP conducts periodic auctions – only to federally licensed firearms dealers – which generate dollars for the LEPP initiative.

The KOHS then assesses needs, and after prioritization, provides whatever funds are available in the acquisition of body armor, weapons, ammunition and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices often referred to as “tasers.”

“Appeals for financial support always exceed resources,” explained Thomas L. Preston, KOHS executive director. “But we make every effort to respond with a priority focus on law enforcement safety.”

LEPP support goes to police agencies of cities, counties, unified counties, urban-counties and local governments, sheriff’s departments, and public police departments.